As the situation with COVID-19 or the Coronavirus progresses, I want to reach out to ensure you are presented with helpful information during this time of confusion. One of the offerings for care that the federal and state governments as well as health insurance carriers and providers have promoted is Telehealth.
Telehealth is a secure video access with a physician or mental health provider who is offsite. Whether in remote areas or quarantined within an urban community, telehealth provides secure, private and frankly a safer way to meet with a provider who can diagnose up to almost 50 conditions.
During this time of social distancing and quarantine, most insurance carriers are highly recommending Telehealth. If you have not tried Telehealth in the past, I HIGHLY recommend it.
There are about 50 different diagnoses that can be offered through Virtual visits. Some of those include
- Bladder/Urinary Tract Infections
- Seasonal Flu, and currently COVID-19
- Sinus problems
Virtual care has certainly come into its own in the last couple weeks. Most insurance carriers have their own virtual care service they use and may be offering very little to NO copayment or cost for a virtual visit. You may have heard of some such as Doctors on Demand or Healthiest You. Some health systems, such as Unity Point have their own telehealth option. You should check your care system or check with your insurance carrier about what provider for telehealth they use. Insurance carriers such as Wellmark, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa and South Dakota, United Healthcare and Medica all have a telehealth provider they work with. You can check by calling the number on the back of your card or looking on their website.
We at Health Insurance Advisor, LLC wish you good health as we navigate through this. Please be safe.
A little more about us:
The Business Warrior group has some of the industry’s top experts in all the areas your business needs to be successful. Amongst the contributors is Janis VanAhn, owner of Health Insurance Advisor, LLC. For 19 years Janis has worked in and around the health insurance industry initially providing service to agents and employers related to employee benefits, individual healthcare and Medicare, while more recently becoming appointed as an individual agent with various quality carriers to provide this service to individuals through her own business.
Four years ago Janis was ‘blessed’ with being let go from her job at an insurance ageny. Staying within insurance was her path…but in what capacity. 2010 was the year Janis began her career as an independent insurance agent specializing in health insurance. Finding quality, cost-effective healthcare for individuals and families under age 65 as well as working with those who are Medicare eligible truly was her passion. She has made this a true specialty and positioned herself as someone to work with whether it is a financial professional or property & casualty agent with a client that needs assistance, to a group of seniors turning 65 and they keep receiving Medicare information and are confused about what to do.
Janis enjoys the one on one contact with clients as well as looking forward to speaking to groups about healthcare. Her excitement for this industry is what drives her to stay in tune with Healthcare Reform and what is currently happening and what will happen with coverage from now to past 2014.
‘Educating individual and Medicare consumers to make informed choices’ is her mission because if people are educated and understand, they will make informed choices that they are comfortable with.